Monk hails character of Christie
Boro boss impressed by Cyrus after racist taunts
Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk has praised Ireland international Cyrus Christie for the way in which he dealt with online racial abuse in the wake of Ireland's World Cup defeat to Denmark.
It was a grim weekend for Boro and for Christie as they were beaten 3-0 at home to Derby County, Christie's previous club, Boro losing ground in the race for promotion.
Christie revealed after the 5-1 loss to Denmark that he had been targeted for racial abuse.
"A number of racist comments have been brought to my attention during the World Cup qualifying campaign over the last few months and most recently last week," he said.
While he missed his club's first game after the Denmark defeat, due to suspension, he has played twice since then and Monk is pleased with how the defender has coped, while it was noted that Boro fans unveiled a banner supporting Christie in last week's home win over Birmingham.
"You have to be a strong character and he is. I spoke to him about that stuff and we are 100 per cent behind Cyrus. I have already said it, those things aren't acceptable in any walk of life. He has our full support and he knows that," Monk said.
"He is good, mentally he is strong. He was ready to play last Tuesday and I thought it was great the fans showed their support when he went out for his warm up.
"That's what it is about. It's unity. All the players and everyone here is behind him and the fans showed it too. He is a good professional. I think he is enjoying it here. They are all enjoying it here, he seems to be.
"They all know what they want to achieve and it's about overcoming the problems, it's about the unity in the squad and seeing everyone get stronger and stronger. The results as we go help that too," added Monk, who feels that Boro got a bargain in the player they signed from Derby.
"He is a quality performer, there is more to come from him. I was perhaps a little surprised with the fee but everyone is different and situations are different.
"It was affordable for us to do and him coming in he has not surprised me.
"I still feel there is a lot more to come. He is a good character in the group, his performance levels have been strong even though you can dip. The expectancy is there for him to keep doing that now and he has to."
Boro's next game is against Bristol City.